Basic Essentials Wilderness First Aid


For a generation, the Basic Essentials® series has been as much a part of the outdoors experience as backpacks and hiking boots. Information-packed tools for the novice or handy references for the veteran, these volumes distill years of knowledge into affordable and portable books. Whether you’re planning a...

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For a generation, the Basic Essentials® series has been as much a part of the outdoors experience as backpacks and hiking boots. Information-packed tools for the novice or handy references for the veteran, these volumes distill years of knowledge into affordable and portable books. Whether you’re planning a trip or thumbing for facts in the field, Basic Essentials® books tell you what you need to know.
Discover how to:
Assemble an outdoor first-aid kit of essential items
Soothe bites and stings
Deal with hot and cold injuries
Wrap sprains, fractures, and dislocated joints
Handle backcountry emergencies until professional medical help arrives

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762741410
  • Publisher: Falcon Press Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Basic Essentials Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,156,170
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Veteran outdoor author William Forgey, M.D. is engaged in the full-time practice of family medicine and is a member of the board of trustees of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, a fellow of the Explorers Club, a lecturer on medical care in high-risk recreation at several universities, and a leader of summer and winter expeditions into northern Canada. A former Boy Scout scoutmaster and Medical Explorer Post and High Adventure Post advisior, he currently serves on the National Health and Safety Committee and as an advisory board member for the Northern Tier High Adventure Base for the Boy Scouts of America. He is the author of fourteen wilderness medicine and camping books, including Basic Essentials: Hypothermia and Wilderness Medicine, now in its fifth edition.

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Table of Contents

Injury Reference Chart     xi
Illness Reference Chart     xii
Introduction     xiii
Initial Survey     1
Secure the Scene     1
Airway     2
Circulation     2
Severe Bleeding     2
Neck     2
Focused Survey     3
Vital Signs     4
Levels of Consciousness     4
Pulse     4
Respirations     4
Skin     4
Blood Pressure     4
Medical History     5
Physical Examination     5
Head     5
Neck     5
Chest     5
Abdomen     6
Back     6
Pelvis/Hip     6
Legs     6
Shoulders and Arms     6
Shock     7
Difficulty Breathing     9
Foreign Body Airway Obstruction     9
Heart Attack     11
Adult One-Rescuer CPR/Rescue Breathing     12
Fever/Pain/Itch     14
Wilderness Wound Care     15
Cuts/Bleeding     15
Cleaning Cuts     16
FrictionBlisters     17
Thermal Burns     18
Abrasions     19
Bruises     20
Puncture Wounds     20
Fishhook Removal     21
Splinter Removal     23
Bone and Joint Injuries (Sprains, Fractures, and Dislocations)     24
Managing Acute Joint Injuries-General Principles     24
Dislocations     26
Fractures     26
Diagnosing and Treating Bone and Joint Injuries     28
Shoulder and Collarbone Injuries     28
Upper Arm Injuries     30
Elbow Injuries     31
Forearm Injuries     31
Wrist Injuries     31
Hand/Finger Injuries     31
Hip Dislocation and Fracture     33
Thighbone Fracture     34
Dislocated Kneecap     35
Knee Sprains/Dislocations/Fractures     36
Ankle Sprains/Dislocations/Fractures     37
Foot Injuries     37
Head Injuries     38
Neck and Back Injury Management     40
Clearing the Spine     40
Immobilizing the Spine     41
The Log Roll     41
Eye     42
Smoke or Insect Repellent Irritations     42
Foreign Body in Eye     42
The Eye Patch     43
Eye Abrasion     43
Pink Eye     44
Ear     45
Swimmer's Ear     45
Middle-Ear Infection     45
Foreign Body in the Ear     46
Nose     47
Foreign Body in the Nose     47
Nosebleed     47
Teeth/Mouth     49
Cavities     49
Loose Tooth     49
Broken Tooth     49
Lost Tooth     50
Mouth Laceration     50
Abdominal Problems     51
Nausea and Vomiting     51
Heartburn     52
Motion Sickness     52
Diarrhea     52
Water Purification     53
High-Altitude Illness     55
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)     56
High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)     56
High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)     56
Cold and Heat Injuries     58
Hypothermia     58
Frostbite     59
Immersion Foot     60
Heat Cramps     60
Heat Exhaustion      61
Heat Stroke     61
Prickly Heat     62
Sunburn     62
Lightning     63
Insects     65
Anaphylactic Shock/Allergic Reactions     66
No-see-ums and Biting Gnats     67
Blackflies     68
Mosquitoes     68
Ticks     69
Caterpillar and Millipede Reactions     69
Centipede Bites     70
Ant or Fire Ant     70
Scorpion Sting     70
Spider Bites     71
Black Widow     71
Brown Recluse     71
Snakebites     73
Nonpoisonous Snakebite     73
Poisonous Snakebite     73
Sawyer Accident/Evacuation Record     75
For More Information     77
About the Author     79
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